"TOM SAWYER" - the Finale
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Short and sweet, the show's Finale is a blending of the opening number, "St. Petersburg" and Act Two's production number, "Celebrate." The former's chorus is reprised at a slower tempo, and in a gentler tone than the original, as the townspeople bid Huckleberry Finn a fond farewell. The latter is high-spirited like the original, and it dovetails into another lively passage from "St. Petersburg." During the climactic final measures, part of the refrain from "The River Is The Reason" concludes the show.
Inspired by all the recent video posts in the LR, I decided it'd be fun to conclude the "Sawyer" posts with this clip from the show's video demo. It's not from a production, but rather it's a series of visuals to illustrate the script and score in a way that makes for a more entertaining way to study the show. I used the original 19th Century illustrations, paintings, pictures from miscellaneous sources, and clips from 4 different movie versions of the novel. At the end of this clip, you'll see the 4 different boys from those various films, including the one from Russia. It's ironic that the most faithful film adaptation was produced in Russia, not the U.S!
Actor friends read through the script, performing all the characters. I recorded that session, then put together a sound track with all the dialogue, sound effects, underscoring and songs. Later, I put visuals to it for a video demo of the whole project.
Below the list of instruments are BONUS TRACKS* for those interested in hearing a few short instrumental cues. They're underscoring to the flurry of action that concludes the cave scene after Tom's love song. Descriptions of the scene's action are also below.
THANK YOU to everyone who's heard at least some of my "Sawyer" music over the last year. I knew before I started posting the songs that they wouldn't appeal to most Forum members. So I especially appreciate that at least a handful of you stuck it out through the end. I've had a great time sharing the music with you.
Horns SAM section
Horns SAM section (instance 2)
Bass drum small
Snares 1, 2, 3
ALSO - The Garritan Stradivari (as fiddle)
Kore acoustic guitar
Dimension acoustic bass
"Injun Joe in the caves"
Shortly after the song "It's a Big World," Injun Joe appears. The kids are trapped, the avalanche having sealed off their exit. The only person who's heard Tom hollering for help is Joe. "I'm going to kill you, Tom Sawyer," Joe says, and then starts inching along the narrow path that will take him to Tom and Becky, knife clasped between his teeth.
Tom begs Becky to forgive him for leading them to their end. He regrets never becoming a man, and thinks he'll be dying as the same silly, careless child he's always been.
Musical notes - This makes use of a number of Garritan World instruments, Native American percussion in particular.
"Huck rushes in"
Suddenly, Huckleberry Finn jumps into the scene. He tackles Joe and a fight ensues. When Huck's thrown to the ground, Tom demands that Joe leave him alone, and to just finish what he came to do. But Huck is up again, and both he and Tom are thrashing away at the murderer. Suddenly, Injun Joe loses his footing and starts to tumble backwards into the black void on the other side of the narrow path where they've been fighting. The boys reach out to grab Joe's arm. They're telling Joe to hold on, and the frantic killer grasps desperately at the boys' arms - but they can't hold his weight. With a horrifying scream, Joe falls into the black depths to his death.
"Why'd you come back, Huck?" "When a friend's in need, you can't just walk away," replies Huck, echoing what Tom said earlier about saving Muff Potter's life by breaking the oath he and Huck had made.
Musical notes - This has several motifs from the show's score - "Me And My Best Friend" which introduced Huck Finn, "The River Is The Reason" from the rafting scene, and at approx :20, where Joe starts slipping, we hear the motif from the first time Joe sang in the show's opening number.
Staging note - The unusual amount of physical activity a scene like this calls for is an opportunity for the high theatricalism of stage work to shine. The entire cave scene should be darkly lit, with just patches of light that the characters step through as they wind through the passages. In this fight scene, only a small portion on stage right (audience left) should be lit, indicating the narrow ledge. When Joe "falls," he's lying stomach down on the floor and is pulled back into the darkness by an unseen stage hand - or one who is half seen, eerily dressed all in black. Thanks to the brilliance of traditional Japanese and Chinese theatre for simple but elegant staging solutions like that!
Huck knows the way out of the cave, and as they make their way out, they discover why Injun Joe had come to the cave in the first place. In Act One, Tom and Huck had overheard Joe saying that the chest of gold discovered in the haunted house would be buried at "Number two, under the cross." Finally the mystery is cleared up. There on the wall in a cave Joe called "number two," they see a cross, and under it, the chest of gold. The kids are rich.
When they reach the narrow exit out of the cave, Becky is hoisted out first. Her father, Judge Thatcher, and the search party he organized are nearby, and with a shout, Becky runs to them. Soon all the towns people are pouring on stage, elated to see the lost children again.
The whole story of the adventures in the cave comes tumbling out, and everyone is amazed to see that the children are suddenly the richest people in town!
But Huck doesn't want any part of having money, settling down, becoming "respectable." He gives his share of the treasure to Muff Potter, and bids everyone farewell. Hand in hand, Tom and Becky reluctantly wave goodbye to their free-spirited friend. - Song cue.
It's a wrap!